By Danny Wright
Leeds United fans on Twitter have been left confused after Pierre-Michel Lasogga was omitted from the squad to face Middlesbrough on Sunday without warning.
Lasogga, 25, was nowhere to be seen when the Whites announced the team news on their official Twitter account ahead of the crunch match at Elland Road.
Lonergan, Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Berardi, Vieira, Phillips, Saiz, Hernandez, Alioski, Roofe pic.twitter.com/lcvd2EOBFi
— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 19, 2017
Kemar Roofe has instead been drafted to play up front against Garry Monk’s Boro side, as the ex-Leeds boss returns to Elland Road for the first time since walking out on the club in May.
German forward Lasogga has been out of sorts in recent appearances for United but has still been a mainstay of Thomas Christiansen’s starting line-up in the Championship, where he has started all but one game he has been available for.
In total, the Hamburg loanee has made 11 appearances across all competitions, scoring five goals in the process.
However Christiansen took the decision to axe him without warning on Sunday and that sent fans on Twitter into a state of mixed feelings.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Surprised to see no O'Kane. As Dallas not on bench he must be injured. Alioski needs a big performance today. Hopefully Roofe provides a bit more mobility than Lasogga. #lufc #MOT https://t.co/fRxLvxHQmG
— Mighty Whites Pod (@mightywhitespod) November 19, 2017
Finally no Lasogga!!! And where is Dallas, injured after N.Ireland game?
— Ashley Crow (@ashleycrow88) November 19, 2017
But I’ve seen milk turn quicker than Lasogga
— Oliver White (@OliWhiteMOT93) November 19, 2017
Hopefully Lasogga being dropped will add a bit of mobility to the team. Surprised at no Dallas in the squad, and also little surprised Longeran not dropped after his errors too? #LUFC
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) November 19, 2017
Gonna miss Lasogga
— waccoe (@WACCOE) November 19, 2017
oh man no Lasogga
— Saahil D (@BhagArjunBhag) November 19, 2017
no Lasogga get in
— Armo ????☀️ #NH69 ???????? (@Jordan_Armo) November 19, 2017
Leeds could potentially move as high as sixth and leapfrog Middlesbrough in the Championship table with a big enough win in West Yorkshire on Sunday.
However they go into the game without form being on their side having won just one of their last seven league outings.
In other Leeds United news, a Boro icon has blasted this “disaster” of a Leeds senior man ahead of the Sunday clash.